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Developing Care Professionals: Changing Disability Services in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Välfärd och livslopp)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Välfärd och Livslopp)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3870-6426
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Abstract [en]

In Sweden, professionalisation projects in disability care services are currently underway in order to differentiate and establish a professional identity for professionals within care work. The aim of this paper was to analyse the experiences of care workers’ meaning of the professionalisation process concerning their occupation and their occupational identity in relation to tasks they perform in front-line contacts with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) at respite care service homes (RCSH). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten care workers at RCSH for persons with IDD. The meaning of the professionalisation projects is an ongoing process of a connected mission, meaning that the care work is performed in close contact with care receivers, takes place within an informal and free framework and is predicated on a logic of possessing a particular kind of ‘care-feeling’. This paper contributes to the developing knowledge base on the professionalisation process of care workers.

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professionalisation; new professionals; care worker; respite care service home; intellectual and developmental disabilities
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337628OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337628DiVA: diva2:1170379
Available from: 2018-01-03 Created: 2018-01-03 Last updated: 2018-01-03

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